Tariq is a Vancouver based songwriter who has been writing and recording music for nearly two decades. Born and raised in a small town in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Tariq first picked up a guitar in high school where some friends taught him to play standard campfire repertoire—songs by Neil Young, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens. Eventually, he began writing and performing his own songs. After releasing two albums independently, Tariq was nominated for a Juno Award in the late nineties for The Basement Songs (EMI Music), an album that saw him pushing his folk roots in more of a rock n’ roll direction.
On his most recent five-song EP, The Moonwalker EP (Headless Owl Records), released in the spring of 2013, Tariq draws once again from the well of folk music while simultaneously defying traditional arrangements and instrumentation. The songs touch on themes of loss, mortality and missed opportunities and are set to music that is a rich blend of acoustic guitars, synthesizers, clarinet, trumpet, and layers of harmony vocals. The album was produced by Shawn Cole and mixed by Paul Boechler at Fader Mountain studios in Vancouver and features the talents of many Vancouver musicians including Sam Davidson, Leah Abramson, Jody Glenham and Paul Rigby. These days, in addition to working on his own songs, Tariq writes, records and performs with the Vancouver six-piece band, Brasstronaut. He is also currently working on a memoir about the challenges of growing up as a first generation Canadian kid with a penchant for pop music.